Royal College of Physicians Museum
Discover the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) museum in Regent’s Park – England’s oldest medical college.
Explore 500 years of medical history and art in London’s most extraordinary modernist building.
Collections range from portraits, providing a pictorial and sculptural record of presidents, fellows and other physicians associated with the RCP from its foundation in 1518 to the present, to the fascinating Symons collection of medical instruments, and the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars. Highlights include William Harvey’s demonstration rod, the RCP silver-gilt mace and six 17th century anatomical tables.
The RCP building is one of only a handful of post-war buildings that have been awarded Grade I listed status. Built by Denys Lasdun in 1964, it was designed specifically for the RCP.
The archive has the complete RCP annals, its founding charter, and papers of leading medical figures, whilst the library includes 30,000 books printed pre-1900, over one hundred incunables and the first book printed in the English language, in 1473. These collections can be accessed by appointment.
The Royal College of Physicians library, archive and museum will remain closed for the time being while we work on a safe reopening plan and the RCP continues to support clinical efforts against COVID-19.
We are running an exciting programme of digital events during the closure period, and you can still explore our collections and exhibitions online.
Live virtual guided tours are now available to book for groups of 8-25 at £12 per head. Explore 500 years of the RCP’s past, key developments in medical history and award-winning architecture through our brand new virtual building tours.
The tours will be guided live by an expert from the RCP archive, library or museum team. Using a virtual walkthrough of the Regent’s Park building, plus beautiful images and videos from our collections, we’d love you to join us for an online tour of our historic home while we can’t be there in person.
FREE 20 minute virtual guided taster tours of the building and collections are available on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 1 pm.